Minnesota Timberwolves vs Chicago Bulls Prediction, 2/24/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Chicago Bulls
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+4)
United Center is the venue where and the Chicago Bulls (14-16) will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves (7-24) on Wednesday. Minnesota opens this contest as 4-point underdogs. The total opens at 227.
The Minnesota Timberwolves faced off with the New York Knicks and took a loss by a final of 103-99 in their last game. Minnesota ended the game having earned a 40.2% FG percentage (33 out of 82) and made 16 of 35 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Timberwolves converted 17 of 21 tries for a rate of 81.0%. In reference to pulling down rebounds, they earned a total of 43 with 7 of them being offensive. They also recorded 24 dimes for the game in addition to having 6 steals and 3 blocks. When talking about defense, Minnesota allowed 42.3% from the field on 33 of 78 shooting. New York earned 17 dimes and had 4 steals for the matchup. In addition, the Knicks pulled down 48 rebounds (11 offensive, 37 defensive) and added 4 blocks. New York finished the contest at 81.6% when shooting free throws by making 31 of their 38 tries. They also buried 6 out of their 18 tries from beyond the arc.
Karl-Anthony Towns is one guy who played a role for the contest. He walked away with 27 points on 9 of 18 shooting. He played 31:23 mins and collected 15 boards. Towns ended up going 50.0% from the field and also recorded 4 assists. An additional guy that was a major contributor in this matchup for the Timberwolves was Ricky Rubio. He totaled 2 rebounds and collected 6 dimes. He finished shooting 58.3% from the floor for this contest by going 7-of-12 (18 points). When the final whistle was blown, Rubio was on the hardwood for 27:20 min.
Minnesota will enter this game with a win-loss record of 7-24 on the year. The Timberwolves are shooting 35.6% on 3-point shots (394 of 1,106) and 75.3% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 107.5 points per game (25th in the NBA) while shooting 43.8% from the floor. They turn the ball over 14.3 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 21.8 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Minnesota is grabbing 43.1 boards per contest and has tallied 774 assists so far this year, which has them ranked 12th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end of the court, the Timberwolves are able to force 15.2 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.6 personal fouls. They relinquish 37.4% on 3-point attempts while they are 25th in the league in points per game allowed (114.8). The Timberwolves are giving up a shooting percentage of 47.2% (470 of 576) and they relinquish 47.0 rebounds per game as a unit. They are 21st in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 781 relinquished this year.
The last time they took the court, the Chicago Bulls got the win with a final of 120-100 when they faced the Houston Rockets. The Bulls snagged 47 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 55 for the contest. They turned away 5 tries while recording 5 steals for this contest. The Rockets were called for 16 personal fouls in the game which took the Bulls to the free throw line for 10 tries. They were able to convert 7 of the free throws for a rate of 70.0%. With respect to shooting from downtown, Chicago made 15 out of their 36 attempts (41.7%). When this game wrapped up, the Bulls shot 49 out of 91 from the floor which had them shooting 53.8%. The Bulls allowed the Rockets to convert 37 of 96 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 38.5% in this matchup. They finished 32.5% from beyond the arc by shooting 13 of 40 and finished the game at 13 out of 19 at the charity stripe (68.4%). In relation to rebounds, Chicago permitted Houston to pull down 46 in all (11 on the offensive side).
Coby White was important for the Bulls in the matchup. He buried 10 of 16 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 62.5%, which got him 24 points. White collected 10 boards in his 30:48 minutes of playing time and accounted for 2 assists for the contest. One more player who was a determining factor for Chicago was Zach LaVine. He finished with 21 points in 31:48 mins on the court by way of 7 of 14 from the floor in the matchup. LaVine walked away from this one going 50.0% from the field and also contributing 6 assists and 5 rebounds.
Chicago has a record of 14-16 so far this season. Chicago has earned 3,440 points so far this season (114.7 per game) and they average 44.4 rebounds per game. The Bulls commit 20.5 personal fouls per contest and they go 80.0% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Bulls are hitting on 48.2% from the field, which ranks 6th in the NBA. They are dishing out assists 26.1 times per contest (8th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 15.9 times per contest. The Bulls on the defensive side of the court are 24th in the NBA in points allowed per game with 114.8. They have conceded 23.3 dimes and 43.2 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 7th and 10th in the NBA. The Chicago defense gives up 35.6% on shots from distance (357 of 1,002) and their opponents are converting on 77.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are able to force 14.1 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 47.1% from the floor (22nd in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota (+4)
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